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Breaking Upwards Reviews

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
March 31, 2010
Makes one yet again wonder why filmmakers continually attempt to create art that will last out of relationships that didn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
April 2, 2010
Watching this movie is no more interesting than talking to any random New York couple about what makes them tick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
July 15, 2010
Scenes meant to play as breezy and hip are more often just annoying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
April 15, 2010
Breaking Upwards has its amusing and touching moments, but we're left wondering just what we're supposed to make of it all.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
May 15, 2010
Whiny and self-indulgent.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 7, 2010
Much ado about a very rote situation, with a hammy excess of New York Jewish shtick (lead offender: Andrea Martin as Zoe's kvetching mom).
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
April 8, 2010
While Alex Bergman's photography is often impressive, Wein's editing has the short attention span of a Hollywood movie, without the accompanying cocaine rush.
Michael C. Walsh
Boston Phoenix
July 14, 2010
Wein's debut feature is kind of a mess: he withholds and warps the emotions of the main characters till there's little sympathy to be had. But though this tactic is usually enough to derail a film, it works here...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
May 6, 2010
Yes, it's a little low-budget loopy. But that's part of its charm. Zoe Lister-Jones and Daryl Wein explore new relationship-ending methods with wry indie flare.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Aaron Hillis
Time Out
March 31, 2010
What stings throughout this stutter-stop relationship are the spot-on modern details, but the overall hipness is a little too forced -- it's damn funny when it could've been poignant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 9, 2010
Comes knocking at the door like a wolf in sheep's clothing, draping reality in a fictional romantic comedy about a twentysomething NYC couple named Daryl and Zoe whose relationship is coming apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
April 1, 2010
centers around a pair of three-dimensional, neurotic, interesting characters and has a strong, certain rhythm that sets it apart.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
April 1, 2010
heads and tails above the rest of the "New York Hipsters in Love" movies that have come out lately.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 1, 2010
The duo's longtime partnership imparts a palpable, lived-in intimacy, but lack of careful story construction sometimes hobbles the narrative's comic flow.
Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
Boxoffice Magazine
April 2, 2010
A comfy, up-tempo view of the New York indie-verse that has strong regional flourish, feeling less like a glamour shot of NY and more like a view of the city that never sleeps from a well worn studio with a big bed.
| Original Score: 3/5
Janos Gereben
Entertainment Insiders
April 15, 2010
As with most films about young love won and lost, Breaking Upwards comes from a place of genuine pain, honesty, and most importantly, delusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
April 2, 2010
Like many relationships, Breaking Upwards starts in bed and ends on the street. The journey in between, however, feels as new as anything a tiny budget and a boatload of talent could produce.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Chuck Wilson
Village Voice
March 31, 2010
Reportedly drawing on their own romantic relationship, Wein and Lister-Jones have co-written a low-budget romantic comedy that's smart and lively and, in the end, quite affecting.
Jason Bailey
DVDTalk.com
April 2, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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